Mind + Hand
Structured experiential learning opportunities enable students to effectively manage complexity and ambiguity; encounter and wrestle with authentic ethical dilemmas; understand and value different perspectives; and reflect on their purpose and aspirations in life. Experiential learning can also contribute positively to students’ future engagement at work and long-term well-being (Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2014).
OEL works to support, improve, and grow experiential learning opportunities; develop and implement new pedagogical, curricular, and advising models; and create a more intentional, integrated, and impactful ecosystem within the Institute.
Recently, we’ve created two resource guides to help hands-on programs make the switch to virtual and incorporate reflection into their programming; launched a new class designed to teach ethics in real-world settings; and created a new initiative that is making sure that every undergraduate has access to a funded experiential learning opportunity (ELO). (And yeah, we coined a new acronym along the way…)